With all due respect to the Open Championship, aka the British Open, The Masters is the one major every golfer wants to win.
And the reasoning is simple.
The tournament is played each year at majestic Augusta National and is the only major championship that does not rotate from one course to another every year.
Being the first major of the season also elevates the excitement of fans and players alike.
The course itself is a wonder to behold, from Magnolia Lane to Hogan Bridge and Rae’s Creek to Amen Corner, it’s arguably the most picturesque track on the planet.
Dundas native Mackenzie Hughes is playing in his first Masters this week, while one of his heroes, 2003 champion Mike Weir, understands that his days of competing on the weekend are long behind him.
Another Canadian, Adam Hadwin, is our nation’s best shot at winning the coveted green jacket at Augusta, but he too, has never played in this tournament.
It’s the first time in 49 years that three Canadians are in the field but I don’t think any of them stand a chance against the big boys on the PGA Tour.
You can bet on world #1 Dustin Johnson, and former top-ranked players Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy to make the most noise this weekend.
And, yes, there’s always someone who comes out of the blue to make a charge.
I’d love to see the green jacket slipped onto the shoulders of Day, who recently revealed that his mother was battling lung cancer.
He got a boost the other day when doctors confirmed that she doesn’t need chemotherapy, and maybe the news will propel him to his first green jacket.